I have been suffering from the usual low T symptoms for almost 18 months now:
• Fatigue – hard to get out of bed in the mornings and struggle to get through the day without copious amounts of coffee.
• Low Libido
• Weak erections
• Mood changes – less sociable and moody
• Struggle to concentrate on things for long
• Bad memory
• Struggling to lose weight after weight gain
• Training quality isn’t as good as it used to be 2 years ago
o I have had to cut down from 6 days a week to a lower intensity 4 days a week. My main goal is strength.
• Lack of motivation – working in Finance I am required to sit regular exams and am struggling for motivation to revise and due to bad memory things are moving slower than they should.
Age: 23 (October 1993)
Height: 5 foot 9 inches
Weight: 110kg (2 years ago I weighted approx. 90kg)
Body Hair: Struggle to grow a beard or any kind of facial or body hair
Diet: Normal day of eating:
- 250g Homemade yoghurt with honey
- 5 hardboiled eggs
- 200g Beef mince, 100g Rice, 100g Broccoli, 5000iu Vit D and 4g Fish Oil
- 200g Beef mince, 100g Rice
- 50 Cyclic Dextrin, 20g Peptopro during training
- Chicken/Beef, Rice/Pasta, veggies
Please note I used to eat a lot more and not gain weight e.g. 200g of rice per serving on low carb days.
After struggling with NHS doctors since November 2016, they did some blood tests but refused to do a full assessment. T came back right on the low end of the lab ranges, to which I was told I was fine… Finally I have been referred to a private endo in the UK (thankfully I am covered by insurance), he appears to be quite open regarding TRT for younger men as long as there is documented history of symptoms and blood results.
I have attached the recent blood tests he has performed to this post – I also had some more bloods taken yesterday, he will be testing Prolactin as well this time; he feels this may have a bearing on my low t.
Thyroid function I am told looks to be good – there is a history of hypothyroidism in the family as well as type 1 diabetes, so that is good news. If prolactin comes back normal I have been told to come back in 1 month for more bloody tests – assuming no change he will start me on a t gel treatment. The chat around t gel vs injections is one to be had later on when I have more consistent lab results, but some reputable evidence why injections are better is always helpful.
I have had:
An MRI of my head - nothing to report
An ultra sound of my testicles - again nothing to report
I am scheduled to have an ultrasound of my liver, just to make sure my slightly elevate liver enzymes are training related and nothing serious.
I was hoping you guys could have a look through them and give me your feedback on what I should be asking for/telling the endo at our next meeting.
When I asked about SubQ injections I was told that T had to be done intramuscularly, so if any of you have any links or copies of successful SubQ studies that would be greatly appreciated.
Let me know if you need any more info, thanks in advance!